Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Two SOBC golfers bound for SO North America Golf Championship

13 June 2017

Two Special Olympics BC golfers, Kelowna’s Ryan Courtemanche and Abbotsford’s Austin Johnston, will hit the links in Washington this month in the 2017 Special Olympics North America Golf Championship!

In the championship running June 26 to 28 at Redmond’s Willows Run Golf Complex, more than 230 golfers and coaches from across the U.S. and Canada will play in individual and team competitions on 9- and 18-hole courses, as well as individual skills competitions.

Courtemanche played to a fourth-place finish in the M1 division in the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver, a great showing in the first-ever National Games golf competition. He is a veteran of national and international competition in a variety of sports, having competed in nine National Games and six World Games for alpine skiing, athletics, and softball; his 10th National Games appearance came with his golf debut in 2014.

Johnston (pictured at right) is a strong competitor on the links and is coming off a very successful run in the last summer-sport cycle that culminated in capturing a 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games gold medal and two silver medals in 10-pin bowling.

Read about the experience of SOBC – Kelowna’s Kyle Grummett in the 2016 SONA Golf Championship

The athletes will be supported by SOBC – Sunshine Coast coach Chuck Bertrand and SOBC staff James Marchand as caddies. 

Special Olympics BC - Kelowna golfer Ryan Courtemanche at the 2014 National Games.

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